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Leaning Into Death

By Tom Allen My wife Julie is in late stages of Alzheimer’s.  She is child-like and vulnerable.  While I can walk with her in her suffering and death, I can’t protect her from it or go with her.  And yet, I keep feeling responsible to do something. It comforts me to imagine God saying to…

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Shifting Attention Can Bring Transformation

by Mary Noble Garcia As I work toward my teacher certification in the Enneagram, I have been reflecting on the ways I am called to live more authentically.  A quote by teacher and author, Helen Palmer, inspires me: “The power to choose where we place our attention may be our only freedom.”  This freedom is…

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Lenten Reflections: REIMAGINING COMPASSION

By Susanna Bertelsen “What the world needs now is love, sweet love It’s the only thing that there’s just too little of What the world needs now is love, sweet love No, not just for some, but for everyone.” Where is that “sweet love” today?  How might I find it? This popular tune, by songwriters…

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Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful. Luke 6:36

By Karen Treat I recently read To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee.  I don’t recollect reading it before.  I didn’t see the movie.    Now, I can say I have.  Read the book.  Along with all four of my children who have read it as part of their curriculum in high school.  I’m glad for…

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Modeling Spiritual Values for Younger Generations

by Carolyn Kolovitz My daughter was nearly 8 years old when I adopted her, and she came to me understandably furious with the world, heartbroken by the cruel forces of fate. While most new moms must focus on attending to their child’s physical needs, I had to hit the ground running focused on her emotional…

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Invited to Expand

by JoAnn Campbell-Rice I’m reading Mary Pipher’s newest book, Women Rowing North: Navigating Life’s Currents and Flourishing as We Age in which she states a truth that I’ve been thinking about ever since: “With each new stage of life, we outgrow the strategies that worked for us at an earlier stage. We find ourselves in…

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Opening To Our History: A Reflection on Place – A White Spiritual Director Listening in an Historically Black Neighborhood

by Melissa Borgmann-Kiemde When Sr. Liz Kerwin gave me my first tour of the Loyola Spirituality Center, I remember being deeply moved learning that the building was once a convent. I loved this history. I loved imagining the former cloister cells of the religious — entertaining, in my mind’s eye, the women or men who…

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First Advent…then Christmas…followed by Epiphany…reflections from my Minnesota backyard!

by Susanna Bertelsen Like many people, I enjoy sending and receiving Christmas letters. Unfortunately, I am usually late with the mailings.  This year, however, I started the process early… the first week of Advent! It had been my 2018 New Year’s resolution…to send greetings so they arrived before December 25, 2018!  As I reviewed the…

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(Re) Imagining the Christmas Story

by Carolyn Kolovitz When I was a little girl, my December ritual was to sit alone in my living room beside the twinkling tree lights and imagine myself into the coffee table Nativity set.  I imagined myself with the shepherds beneath a Bethlehem sky full of angels until the tiny God lying among the ox…

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Bouncing Back and Leaping Forward: for Caregivers

by Susanna Bertelsen The first weekend of October my husband and I drove up to Grand Marais hoping to catch the colors of the season.  On the ride north on Highway 61 we passed many golden aspen and birch amidst the deep green spruce and other evergreen trees along the way.  An occasional crimson burning…

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